Short courses
Health & Social Care

Pain Assessment and Management Strategies

University Certificate in Continuing Education:

This award is for registered health professionals with an interest in pain assessment and management. It’s ideal if you want to further develop your knowledge and skills in caring for patients experiencing acute or chronic and persistent pain.

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks

More part-time details

  • 1 day every other week
  • Enrolment date: October and February
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants:

Contact details

Further information

You explore the principles of effective pain assessment and pain management from a holistic perspective. You explore the meaning and consequences of pain to the individual including the psychological, social, physical and spiritual dimensions of pain and its impact on patients and their families.

Student-led discussions around the four dimensions of pain give you the opportunity to discuss and reflect on your own pain practice.

  • Biopsychosocial and spiritual dimensions of pain
  • Neuroanatomy and physiology of pain pathways
  • Theories of pain
  • Pain assessment strategies
  • Holistic approach to pain management as a multidimensional, multifaceted experience
  • Educating and supporting carers about pain assessment and pain management
  • Effective pain management of acute, chronic, neuropathic and cancer pain
  • Communication and collaborative working practices within the multidisciplinary team and pain management specialist clinics
  • Pain across the life continuum from children to older people
  • Cultural influences on responses and reactions to pain
  • Pain management techniques
  • Academic writing and reflection
  • Impact of technological advances
  • Legal, ethical and professional issues in pain management such as informed consent, access to services and equipment

How you learn

Keynote lectures introduce you to the theoretical issues in pain assessment and pain management.

Student-led discussions around the four dimensions of pain give you the opportunity to discuss and reflect on your own pain practice.

You are encouraged to use the virtual learning environment for support, to access resources and continue academic discussion outside of classes. Individual and group tutorials provide you with academic guidance throughout the module. Tutorial sessions are timetabled on some contact days.

How you are assessed

You submit a 4,000-word case study (100%) in which you analyse and evaluate the assessment and management of a patient's pain in your clinical area. The essay is submitted four weeks after completing the formal teaching.

Entry requirements

You must be a registered health professional working in a relevant practice setting.

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks

More part-time details

  • 1 day every other week
  • Enrolment date: October and February
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants:

Contact details

Further information